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Old 04-23-2013, 09:33 PM   #11
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I'm not so sure. It was starting to feel like a golden girls fan club convention.

I may have dated myself with that reference.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:37 PM   #12
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:37 PM   #13
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First ST I seen was driven by a lady that was at least 55!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:38 PM   #14
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Possible they are rental cars, just look for the barcodes on the windows. Down here I see more Focus rentals on the road than people who actually own or lease them.
True. I had not considered that.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:59 PM   #15
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Yeah I see old people drive them too. They're great commuter cars, and Ford is a trusted name. I see a couple at school and work of people under 25, though. It's like the old school old people Buicks, I've seen a lot of young people drive them too.
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The focus has always been an old lady car lol.

It just also happens to be really fun to drive.
This^^^^^^^^^^^ I'm in a four cylinder Foci= mpg originaly & it is fun to drive also.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:12 PM   #16
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So what! I bought the first year Honda Element back in the day they came out. They were aimed for the "college crowd", and I was old enough to be the parent of a college age crowd. Then I saw an OLDER dude driving an Element!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:30 PM   #17
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I see A LOT of MK3 foci on the road and I'm very serious when I say more than 75% of them are middle aged women.... such is life.

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Old 04-23-2013, 10:30 PM   #18
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I agree, I've seen more elderly people drive these things than any other age group. This was puzzling until I really thought about it.

1.The elderly generally prefer domestic brands- this one is a no-brainer, When they were growing up what more was a Honda than a lawnmower? (if even that) Plus, America had a reason to be proud of itself back in the day so naturally, buying 'Murican was the thing to do. Oh, and one other thing to consider is those who have some sort of legacy discount from working at a Ford plant years ago.

2. The elderly are (for the most part) frugal- A lot of older people now either grew up during or soon after the great depression. That kind of situation will make just about anyone value every single dollar they have- even if they now have quite a lot. Unless you're talking an ST, it's hard to spec a Focus over 26k. That's a lot of money, but when you consider the AVERAGE sale price of a new car today is 30k it starts to seem better no? From what I've seen around here, most builds run between 18-23k, and that's before incentives.

3. The elderly like comfort- ST and Titanium handling package aside our cars are quite cozy. Imagine an old couple walking through a Ford dealership and deciding to sit down in that newfangled looking Focus. The first thing they will be struck by inside the cabin is how comfy the seats are; especially if they've sampled anything else first. (The seats in a Chevy Cruze gave me a Chevy bruise) Aside from the ST and Titanium's rocking 18's these are comfortable, well-planted cruisers too.

4. Mileage- again a frugality thing. I know plenty of older people who are turned off my how different a hybrid is from a conventional car. Especially a Prius; you need a manual to figure out how to even get one out of park. As a result they tend go for small cars with inline fours.

The frugal and comfort thing also apply to the Hyundai Elantra; which I commonly refer to as the Hyundai LeSabre.

Now of course this is not a blanket analysis of ALL old people. I know of plenty of older people that like to still drive Mustangs and the like. But for the people up in years who have wound up in a Focus I believe at the very least I'm close.
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lol, op has a point and it's funny because it's true. Most of the mk3 focus I see around (and I don't actually see very many) are being driven by middle aged or old ladies.

I don't actually think I've ever seen in person another mk3 that's modified in any way.

The only point I would make though, is who do you see driving the other non performance hatchbacks? (Golf, Rabbit, Matrix, Fit, Fiesta, 3) ... Mostly old people.

You could have the same thing for pretty much any "regular" car... The civic, jetta... it goes on. :(
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:57 PM   #20
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I hated myself when I fell in love with the zx3 a few years ago, thinking it was "just a stupid old poeple car". then when I got the news my grandma bought a focus for me, all I thought was "awesome" (sarcastic). little did I know i'd fall in love with the car, even more so when I found this website!
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